About Vesna Duo

Vesna [ˈvɛsna] / – a goddess associated with youth and springtime in early Slavic mythology

Vesna Duo (Ksenija Komljenović, percussion & Liana Pailodze Harron, piano) devotes its passion to bringing new and reimagined works to life. Their performances span a fiery new arrangement of The Rite of Spring, to premiering works by trailblazing international composers, to re-envisioning pieces by Avishai Cohen and Astor Piazzolla. Their debut album Vesna Duo Presents: The Rite of Spring (arranged for marimba and piano) garnered rave reviews at the 2022 Chamber Music America Conference.

Kira Grunenberg (Throw the Dice and Play Nice) described the album as “A masterclass in performative focus, as well as an exquisite demonstration of musician chemistry to the most natural and audibly entrancing of results… Unto itself, Vesna Duo’s take on the Rite of Spring, is impressive, unexpected, whimsical, and beautifully captured.”

Hailing from The Republic of Georgia and Serbia, Dr. Liana Pailodze Harron (piano) and Dr. Ksenija Komljenović (percussion), embrace their dynamic backgrounds while exploring a diverse blend of musical traditions, cultures, and styles. Beyond arranging existing works, the ensemble seeks to transform the boundaries of what it means to be a pianist/percussionist, interpolating theatrical percussion works as well as folk music of their home countries in their already vibrant repertoire. Between them, Liana and Ksenija share multiple international solo and chamber music awards. Ksenija is a Marimba One artist.